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Food Packaging

A key improvement to downstream packaging functions is this automatic case erector.
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Downstream, upstream efficiency
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Digital case printer brings savings

Since Smith Frozen Foods replaced two off-line flexo case printers with a Model 3200 off-line digital case printer from Iconotech (Clinton, CT), one operator can now do the work formerly done by two.
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New twist on graphics

For Lip Twirls lip protectant recently introduced by The Mentholatum Co. of Orchard Park, NY, Fisher Design (Cincinnati, OH) created a brand identity that is meant to contribute to a strong brand equity over time.
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Alfresh extends into PET

Toronto, Canada-based Alfresh Beverages Canada in January began selling its 473-mL (16-oz) fruit juices in PET bottles, rather than glass, under the Everfresh brand name in Canada and Fairlee in the United States.
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Aseptic carton moves organic milks

“Organic” milk—produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic hormones, or antibiotics—has been around for a while. But Horizon Organic of Boulder, CO, claims it’s the first to launch an organic flavored milk in a single-serve format: the Tetra Prisma aseptic carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL).
The newest line at A.R.C. comprises a bank of 10 counters, above and inset right, plus two automatic bolt feeders. The counters
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A.R.C. counts on faster fastener bagging

From nuts to bolts, each week A.R.C. bags 500ꯠ lb of fasteners that are individually counted by high-accuracy optical-based systems. See in-plant video
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Nostalgic carton graphics

Assigned the task of creating nostalgic branding and imagery for a new line of cream pies from Mrs. Smith’s, DePersico Creative Group (Havertown, PA) took the traditional, old-fashioned themes specified by the pie baker and created a rich, soda-shoppe-esque package.
This pick-and-place robot uses vacuum pick-up cups to transfer filled cups from the filling/lidding system to the case packer.
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Proficiently packed Pringles

Weighing just 8 g and resting on two ‘feet’ instead of a flat bottom, P&G’s single-serve Pringles package is automatically filled and case-packed on custom-built gear.
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More novel packs from Heinz

Few food manufacturers show as firm a belief in the power of packaging as Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co.
After delivering a load of boxed coolers onto the left side of the shuttle table, a clamp truck driver backs away and pulls a la
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?®Everyday hero?? stretches savings at The Coleman Co.

A two-station machine stretch wraps a bundle of boxed coolers while a second is readied for the other station to save more than 37% in time and labor.
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Snack pack is Trophy material

A zippered stand-up pouch and gorgeous graphics make Trophy Foods’ Delectables line of snacks irresistable.
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Recloseable feature 'snaps' onto Herr Foods' pretzel pack

At Snaxpo 2002, held February 16-19 in Chicago, Packaging World spotted printed prototype flexible film bags for Herr’s 22-oz Sourdough Bite Size Hard Pretzels that included the Easy Snap™ closure system.
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Stand-up pouch for frozen veggies

A gussetted flat-bottom bag with a reclosable zipper feature is now being launched nationwide by Green Giant, a division of Minneapolis-based Pillsbury.
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Crushed kraft cushions case contents

Foam peanuts are on the way out at AtomicBox.Com, a logistics and fulfillment provider that warehouses, picks, packs, and ships products for manufacturers who choose to outsource such tasks.
Tubs of salad are conveyed to the multipacker in three lanes (above) where a set of vacuum pick-up heads (left) facilitates prod
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Multipacking shines at Star Foods

Producer of refrigerated salads increases production speeds and reduces material and labor costs by employing an automated packaging system for its multipacks.

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